Study to Reduce Intravenous Exposures (STRIVE)
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Study to Reduce Intravenous Exposures (STRIVE)

  • 09/28/2018

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    STRIVE is a 6-session, group-level, peer mentoring intervention designed to prevent highrisk drug injection behaviors among injection drug users (IDUs). The intervention is delivered by two trained facilitators to groups of 5 to 9 persons. The intervention aims to reduce HCV transmission risk by training participants to mentor other IDUs and to promote risk reduction information. A harm reduction approach is used to promote distributive risk reduction options. The intervention also emphasizes participants to set an example for their close peers through their own safer injection practices. The peer mentoring role also provides participants with a new “prosocial” identity which reinforces their motivation to practice and promote safer injection drug behaviors. The first 4 sessions of the intervention increase knowledge about HCV, and provide skills to reduce injection behaviors and alcohol use. These sessions also help participants manage their HCV health care, and teach them how to effectively conduct educational outreach to other IDUs. The final 2 sessions provide participants with communication techniques to facilitate HCV-related peer mentoring and to conduct peer mentoring in community-based settings. The intervention content is delivered through demonstrations, games, group discussions, skills-building exercises, street outreach activities, and videos.
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